Accessory Dwelling Units

"Accessory dwelling units" also known as a "second unit," means an attached or a detached residential dwelling unit that provides complete independent living facilities for one or more persons and is located on a lot with a proposed or existing primary residence. It shall include permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation on the same parcel that the single-family or multifamily dwelling is or will be situated. An accessory dwelling unit also includes an efficiency unit and a manufactured home, as defined in Section 18007 of the Health and Safety Code.

Sierra Madre Municipal Code Updates

On March 28, 2023, the Sierra Madre City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1465 updating the Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance in accordance with Senate Bill No. 897 and Assembly Bill No. 2221.

Important Notice

CivicPlus is currently in the process of codifying all text of Ordinance No. 1465 and the Municipal Code linked here may not be accurately reflected of the adopted ordinance text.

Housing and Community Development

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is an excellent resource that provides guidance for building ADUs.

California Legislative Information

Government Code Sections 65852.2 and 65852.22 outline the state law with respect to the development of ADUs and JADUs